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Last updated: 21 October 2017
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Date:Wednesday 19 October 1988
Time:08:56
Type:Silhouette image of generic F27 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fokker F-27 Friendship 100
Operator:Vayudoot
Registration: VT-DMC
C/n / msn: 10173
First flight: 1961
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 31 / Occupants: 31
Total:Fatalities: 34 / Occupants: 34
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:19 km (11.9 mls) from Guwahati-Borjhar Airport (GAU) (   India)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Silchar-Kumbhirgram Airport (IXS/VEKU), India
Destination airport:Guwahati-Borjhar Airport (GAU/VEGT), India
Flightnumber: 703
Narrative:
Vayudoot flight 703 took off from runway 06 at Silchar, India at 08:10 hours.
At 08:39 the flight contacted the Guwahati Tower controller, reporting passing FL55 to FL40. At 08:46 the aircraft commenced the procedure turn towards Guwahati but the crew were not getting the glide slope signal. One minute later the flight reported Outer Marker inbound. Last radio contact with the flight was at 08:53. Shortly afterwards the aircraft impacted a hill and caught fire.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "An error on the part of the pilot-in-command in obeying the localiser bar on the outbound leg when it is supposed to be disobeyed and which has resulted in disorientation o the pilot resultant effect of which is total non-adherence of the ILS let down procedure at Guwahati viz. failure to monitor the middle and oter locators, allowing the aircraft to descend below 2750 feet without intercepting the localiser and glide slope. The wrong clearance by ATC in asking the aircraft to report outer marker inbound when Captain-in-command reported non-availability of the Gldide slope has misled the captain and as such has contributed to the accident. The possibility of sabotage or the aircraft outliving its age has been ruled out."

Classification:

Sources:
» Airnieuws 301 (p. 17)
» Civil aviation aircraft accident summary for the year 1988 (DGAC India)


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Distance from Silchar-Kumbhirgram Airport to Guwahati-Borjhar Airport as the crow flies is 192 km (120 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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